A 5th grade conversation went like this today:
- Student: Here’s question for you today!
- Me: Great! Let’s hear it!
- Student: Do you have a favorite ornament that is dear to you, Mrs. Van?
- Me: You bet I do and thanks for asking!
- Student: Please write about it and send it to our class so we can grade your paper.
- Me: Sure ‘nough; consider it done!
Here’s hoping my writing passes their test . . . 🙂
One of my favorite words in the English language is “JOY.” While happiness is wonderful, it concentrates more on a circumstance of life, a moment in time, or a specific situation. Happiness is something we can achieve; JOY is something we are given. JOY is unpredictable–it cannot be downloaded, legislated, turn on with an electronic device, earned, or even inherited…JOY is simply given to us. JOY is a deep, soulful reaction bringing extraordinary delight to the receiver.
There is an ornament I keep close at hand all year (it hangs on my tree during the season, but is shown here on a sprig of rosemary–also from Granny’s original plant). This little ornament proudly displays my favorite word, JOY, lovingly embroidered by Granny’s hand. We had a conversation one day about the difference between happiness and JOY. This special ornament was her way of always reminding me of her “JOYful pearl of wisdom” (she had a real knack for sharing lots of pearls of wisdom through the years!). She told me if I was “ever to receive JOY in life, make a way for it to come to you…happiness is great, but JOY is the best gift ever!” 🙂
So, of course, here’s the question for you today: Is there a special ornament you or your family treasures most and what’s the story behind it? Here’s hoping you share a JOYful pearl of wisdom of your own this season!